U.S. Supreme Court skeptical about California law targeting pro-life centers

A California law that requires Christian-based facilities that steer pregnant women away from abortion to post notices about the availability of state-subsidized abortions ran into trouble at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, with justices on the right and left indicating it may violate free speech … [Read More...]

No one is ever turned away

Lack of sleep is one of the most critical health issues for the homeless. An average of 225 homeless people seek safety and rest on the pews in the sanctuary of St. Boniface church in San Francisco every day, thanks to The Gubbio Project. The Gubbio Project was co-founded in 2004 by community … [Read More...]

Champion for Life Monsignor Kavanagh has died

Monsignor Edward Kavanagh, a native son of Ireland who came to Sacramento in 1948, died today of natural causes. He was 93 and passed away on St. Patrick’s Day. For nearly 60 years, Monsignor Kavanagh was pastor or in residence at St. Rose Parish in South Sacramento. During his remarkable ministry, … [Read More...]

What are the costs of changing the Church?

Pope Francis leads a church that spent the prior decade embroiled in a grisly sex abuse scandal, occupies an office often regarded as a medieval relic, and operates in a media environment in which traditional religion generally, and Roman Catholicism especially, are often covered with a mix of … [Read More...]

California’s first-ever female and LGBT state Senate president pro tem

Toni Atkins, a longtime San Diego politician, will soon become California's first-ever female and LGBT state Senate president pro tem. Atkins is expected to take over the reins from Sen. Kevin de Leon this Wednesday. Atkins, 55, has served in the state Legislature since 2010. The Democrat's rise … [Read More...]

Olive oil with a higher purpose

At the Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 22, when Bishop Jaime Soto blesses the holy oils used throughout the year for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, holy orders, and anointing of the sick, Jim and Andrea Mayer, owners of Frate Sole Olive Oil Company, will witness how some of the olive oil … [Read More...]

“The answer is not more guns, not arming teachers with Oozies or AK-47s”

March 14, 2018 I must begin my brief words by thanking you for this observance and for inviting me to be part of it. There is absolutely no place I would rather be than to stand here in solidarity with you as you stand in solidarity with young people across our nation, and perhaps around the … [Read More...]

Catholic dignitaries attend installation of Stockton diocese’s new bishop

Catholic ritual, pageantry and prayer ushered in a new era for the Diocese of Stockton on Thursday as Central Valley native Myron Cotta was installed as its new bishop during a ceremony in Modesto. More than 1,200 people filled St. Stanislaus Catholic Church to watch Cotta, who turns 65 on … [Read More...]

California teacher put on leave after asking if school would allow a pro-life walkout

A California high school teacher has been placed on leave after she wondered if her school would permit an organized walkout to protest abortion. According to CBS Sacramento, Rocklin High School’s Julianne Benzel said all she did was have a conversation with her class last Thursday and Friday about … [Read More...]

Pope Francis: if you are in a state of mortal sin, you cannot receive Communion

Any Catholic who has committed a mortal sin cannot receive Holy Communion unless they have been to confession, the Pope has said. Continuing a series of talks on the Mass during his General Audience on March 14, Pope Francis reminded Catholics of the need to obtain absolution for grave sins before … [Read More...]

Vatican: Modern individualism reflects ancient heresies

A new letter issued by the Vatican's doctrinal office has reaffirmed that Christian salvation can only come through Christ and the Church, and highlighted modern expressions of Pelagian and Gnostic thought which contradict this belief. Signed by Archbishop Luis Ladaria SJ, prefect of the … [Read More...]

St. Patrick’s Seminary hosts discernment retreat for prospective military chaplains

Twenty-nine men from three service branches of the United States Armed Forces will gather here this weekend for a March 15-18 discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of the … [Read More...]

Vatican office altered photo of Benedict’s comments on Francis

The AP's Nicole Winfield wrote March 14 that the Vatican has admitted “that it altered a photo sent to the media of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis. The manipulation changed the meaning of the image in a way that violated photojournalist industry standards.” Winfield … [Read More...]

A pontiff of firsts

"Each time the Mass is offered in Sacramento, we pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis," said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, in a statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father's election to the papacy. "This is a blessed opportunity to make the unity of the church a personal … [Read More...]